Vine Buzz

Currently featured on SlaveToTheGrape  from the French wine press: In the News – The numbers don’t lie: with two short harvests in a row, French producers from Bordeaux to Burgundy and beyond are witnessing a significant spike in prices that reflects the disconcerting yet inexorable realities of supply and demand.  A La Une  (news en français) – The historical, sweet, dessert […]

Vine Buzz

Currently featured on SlaveToTheGrape  from the French wine press: In the News – In late November, when the world is dancing gaily in the streets with a glass of Beaujolais Nouveau in hand, the reverberations of an historic gavel announce one of the premiere events in the world of wine  – the charity auction of the Hospices de […]

It takes a Forest!

From childhood, our imaginations are repeatedly stirred by captivating tales of noble forest-dwellers the likes of Robin Hood interspersed with fantastical worlds inhabited by gnomes, fairies, trolls, wolves and the like. As we grow, the forest enchants us through the infinite expanse of places it challenges our minds to explore and discover. Whether scaling one […]

Veuve Clicquot – The Widow Returns

The house of Veuve Clicquot has been a driving force in Champagne since its creation in 1772. Its range of exceptional champagnes defines luxury.  The intrepid Barbe-Nicole Ponsardin, who at just twenty-seven and newly widowed acceded to the head of the house in 1805, at once displayed a vision and spirit of innovation that would turn this brand into an international […]

Veuve Clicquot – The Widow’s Empire

The house of Veuve Clicquot has been a driving force in Champagne since its creation in 1772. Its range of exceptional champagnes defines luxury.  The intrepid Barbe-Nicole Ponsardin, who at just twenty-seven and newly widowed acceded to the head of the house in 1805, at once displayed a vision and spirit of innovation that would turn this brand […]

Saint-Emilion – The Right Bank Revisited

This summer I revisited a truly delightful vintage from Bordeaux’s library of compelling harvests. While somewhat eclipsed in stature by that of 1982 – a storied crop that put Robert Parker on the wine lover’s vinous map – the 1983 vintage offered a truly compelling experience with great potential for longevity that was on display […]

Pete Palmer – A Somm of Many Parts (Take Two)

While San Francisco has been synonymous with gastronomy and fine wine for some time, at the end of the last century, back in the heady days of the dot.com boom,  a veritable explosion of newly-minted, passionate and dedicated food and wine professionals moved the region to a new level. Of the many sommeliers/gastronomes to have left an […]

Pete Palmer – A Somm of Many Parts

While San Francisco has been synonymous with gastronomy and fine wine for some time, at the end of the last century, back in the heady days of the dot.com boom,  a veritable explosion of newly-minted, passionate and dedicated food and wine professionals moved the region to a new level. Of the many sommeliers/gastronomes to have left […]

Vine Buzz

A dispatch from the south of France Currently featured on SlaveToTheGrape  from the French wine press: In the News – After a very wet and challenging first half of the year, wine professionals from Bordeaux to Bourgogne are guardedly optimistic about the quality of the harvest for 2013.  A La Une  (news en français) – No sooner had the weather […]

Free Flow Wines – tapping into a hot, new trend!

Just north of San Francisco, a dedicated band of  engaging entrepreneurs is quietly driving what many think is one of the hottest, most consumer-friendly trends currently lighting up the world of wine – wine on tap. Row upon row of sleek, silver kegs waiting to be filled with premium wines crowd the staging area at the Free […]